Australia have added Marcus Stoinis to their ODI cricket squad to replace an injured Mitch Marsh, who will miss the remainder of the series against Pakistan.
The West Australian, who has had recurring issues with his right shoulder, pulled up sore after bowling during Sunday’s second ODI at the MCG, which Australia lost by six wickets.
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Stoinis, who has played a single ODI for Australia, was named on Monday as a replacement for Marsh. It is hoped Marsh might still recover in time to join the Test squad for next month’s tour of India.
Team’s physiotherapist David Beakley said that Mitchell had had an ongoing shoulder injury which he had been managing but it had reached at a point where he was unable to function at the level required.
There will be at least two changes to the XI for Thursday’s third ODI in Perth, with pace spearhead Mitchell Starc to be rested before rejoining the camp for the following game in Sydney.
Test batsman Peter Handscomb will join the 14-man squad to replace newcomer Chris Lynn, who missed the game in Melbourne after re-aggravating a neck injury.
Lynn will return to Brisbane for scans and sit out the Perth ODI before it is decided whether he’ll take further part in the series.
Handscomb’s Melbourne Stars teammate Adam Zampa will be released from the ODI squad to play in their Big Bash League clash with Brisbane Heat on Tuesday night.
Zampa will fly to Perth on Wednesday to rejoin the ODI squad.
Australia skipper Smith, who top-scored with 60 in Melbourne, has called for a more patient display from his batsmen in Perth, describing their performance in the first two ODIs as pretty ordinary.
He said that his side needs to build a few more partnerships, not lose so many wickets in clumps and be able to give themselves a chance to have a crack in our last 10-to-15 overs.